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Is it safe or effective to use a turkey baster for a homemade enema to treat constipation?

Is it safe or effective to use a turkey baster for a homemade enema to treat constipation?

Think it over-: There are many premade enema kits that are safe and effective. Perhaps you should try these if you are constipated. Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) natural fiber like prunes or oatmeal or fiber capsules may all keep you regular. Anything smaller than the size of your stool may be used to deliver an enema safely. Water may be used, HOWEVER there is probably NOT other entirely safe ingredient (soap/coffee/molasses). ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method  to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Wouldn't go there!: Humans are not designed to have people create homemade solutions to send up the butt. A G.I. Specialist can help, along with a primary care doctor. There may be approved enemas out there, but their effects and their side effects on a particular patient (and his or her underlying medical issues) should be carefully considered before venturing into enema territory. ...Read more

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What are enemas?

What are enemas?

Fluid into colon: A method of introducing fluid into the rectum via anus; can be water, salt solutions, oil for retention; do not use soap suds. Typical use is to treat constipation; can cause distension, discomfort, and stimulates bowel evacuation. Rare use to instill meds. "alternative" med use to "detoxify": unproven for this purpose; fda issued warning letters about it. ...Read more

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What’s an enema?

What’s an enema?

Rectal: Liquid (usually medication) introduced into the rectum. Most commonly used for constipation. ...Read more

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What is an enema?

Hard to pass: An enema is typically used for people who are constipated. The individual inserts a tube into the rectum to infuse fluid into the bowel and encourage a bowel movement. Ordinary enemas contain tap water, mixtures of soap and water, glycerine and water, or other materials. Prior to using an enema, it is advisable to consukt with a physician to determine if this is the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Does an enema hurt?

Does an enema hurt?

It can cause: A sense of urgency and discomfort. But, overall it is pretty tolerable. ...Read more

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Can you recommend enema type?

Can you recommend enema type?

Go see ur Family Doc: Before jumping to enemas, look for other lifestyle options to manage/resolve constipation: increase fiber, fluids & physical activity. Failing that, consider stool softeners. If that doesn't work (or if taking opioids regularly), then consider laxatives. Regarding types of enemas, check out http://www.atitesting.com/ati_next_gen/skillsmodules/content/enemas/accepted-practice/types_of_enemas.html ...Read more

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Where can I get an enema done?

Can do yourself: There are over-the-counter forms (Fleets) that you can buy or make your own (mineral oil, soap suds, tap water). ...Read more

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What does an enema do to you????

What does an enema do to you????

Need a little help: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Given the nonspecific nature of your question, it would be helpful to hear why you are considering an enema (& with what contents). Be aware enemas are NOT recommended for casual "cleansing", weight loss, or recreational use. ...Read more

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Can I use an enema that expired?

Not recommended: It is not recommended to use medications past their expiration date. ...Read more